Qatar Airways Oryx One IFE platform

Qatar Airways gives unlimited access to international media titles

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Qatar Airways Oryx One IFE platform

Qatar Airways, via a new partnership with PressReader, has begun offering passengers unlimited access to more than 6,000 global digital magazine and newspaper titles in one seamless digital experience through its Oryx One in-flight entertainment app from March 2021.

Passengers can access titles by downloading the Oryx One app to their personal electronic devices (PEDs), inserting their Booking Reference Number (PNR) into the app’s ‘Newsstand’ and selecting the exclusively curated titles they wish to save. The service will be available up to three days before, and seven days after scheduled flights and the downloaded content will stay in a user’s digital library for as long as they have the app installed, helping to reduce newspaper and magazine waste, both on the ground and in-flight, by over 1,000 tonnes each year.

Uniquely, passengers will not need to leave Oryx One or download any additional apps to access the content at any point.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our partnership with PressReader not only offers a COVID-safe, contactless entertainment option to further enhance our passenger’s on-board experience, it also supports our commitment to environmental sustainability, which continues to be a key focus for the airline.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, added: “We are delighted to be able to offer Qatar Airways passengers the convenience of accessing thousands of top name global magazine and newspaper titles in one safe, contactless and seamless digital experience without ever leaving the Oryx One app.”

Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Qatar Airways set to offer passengers 100% touch free IFE

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Qatar Airways has become the first airline to offer 100% touch free IFE access vis PEDs

Passengers travelling on board the airline’s Airbus A350 fleet will soon be able to access the Oryx One in-flight entertainment system through their own personal electronic devices, minimising the risk of COVID-19.

To pair their PED, passengers need to connect to ‘Oryxcomms’ Wi-Fi and scan a QR code displayed on the Thales AVANT IFE screen. They can then use their devices to navigate and enjoy more than 4,000 options on Oryx One limiting the frequency of on board surface contact and providing greater peace of mind throughout the duration of their journey.

The airline is also set to become the first in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region to offer passengers in Business and Economy the option to pair their personal Bluetooth headphones with the on-board seatback IFE system in all cabins on the Boeing 787-9 fleet.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The introduction of the state-of-the-art…technology and enabling passengers to use their personal Bluetooth headset on board, is an important step in taking our already rigorous and stringent COVID-19 precautions to another level, limiting passenger surface contact and preventing any possible spread of infection on board.

“We hope it provides yet further assurance of the safety of air travel, as well as offering passengers on board increased confidence that they are enjoying the most consistently advanced customer experience available in the sky.”